Eurotherm introduces the compact OPtima Touch industrial computer

LEESBURG, Va., September 20, 2004 — Eurotherm, a manufacturer and supplier of industrial instrumentation for the process control and data acquisition industries, and a unit of Invensys plc, introduces the OPtima Touch, a rugged, compact, industrial computer combined with an integral LCD touch screen monitor. It is designed to serve as a general purpose human machine interface (HMI). To minimize setup time, the unit comes standard with the Windows® XP operating system and can be custom configured with several HMI software packages.

The OPtima Touch is available with a 15 or 10.4-inch TFT flat panel LCD and a continuous analog resistive touch screen. A fast response time is achieved with a powerful 1.3GHMz Celeron® CPU, 512 MB RAM, and a S3 ProSavage4 4xAGP 3D/2D video controller.

Like Eurotherm’s Intelligent Integrator family of industrial computers, the OPtima Touch family is designed to withstand harsh industrial environments. To minimize the effects of electrical noise, the OPtima Touch carries the European CE the UL/cUL agency approvals. The wide ambient operating temperature range (32-122F) and low component count circuit design also increases reliability.

Expansion is a snap, with an onboard 10/100 Base-T Ethernet port, two USB ports, 3 RS-232 serial ports (one configurable as a RS-232/422/485 port), one parallel and separate PS/2 keyboard and mouse ports. Additional device or control bus networks can be added in the half-length 32-bit PCI card slot.

The OPtima Touch is ideal for tight spaces. Unit depth is limited to 108mm for the 10-inch model and 127mm for the 15-inch. Common applications include automotive, semiconductor, transportation, plastics, heat treating, utilities and more.

About Eurotherm

Eurotherm is one of the world’s leading automation and controls companies and a major supplier to the world’s processing and equipment manufacturing industries. An ISO 9000 company, Eurotherm’s products include temperature and process controllers and indicators, data recorders and data acquisition systems, signal conditioning and complete process automation solutions.

About Invensys

Invensys is a global leader in production technology. The group helps customers improve productivity, performance and profitability using innovative services and technologies and a deep understanding of their industries and applications.

Invensys works closely with customers to increase performance of production assets, maximize return on investment in production and data management technologies and remove cost and cash from the supply chain. Invensys brands and operation units include APV, Avantis, Eurotherm, Foxboro, IMServ, SimSci-Esscor, Triconex and Wonderware, and other well-known brands. These businesses address process and batch industries — including oil and gas, chemicals, power and utilities, food and beverage, pharmaceuticals and personal health care products, metals and mining — plus the discrete and hybrid manufacturing sectors.

Invensys operates in more than 60 countries, with its headquarters in London. For more information, visit

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